Do you need to be reminded of deadlines? Do you need to put appointments on the calendar of your smart phone and set alerts? Do you sometimes forget about upcoming events and double-book yourself? Do you need to be reminded you belong to Christ?
I use the calendar on my smart phone for everything, including putting reminders in for important deadlines. I’ve gotten in the habit of looking at my calendar, even if when I’m being asked to help someone on a specific day. How about you?
Part of the issue is we have very busy lives. Part of my specific challenge is being a pastor and many people asking to meet with me. No matter what your profession, most of us operate off a calendar and a clock, and we need reminders of upcoming tasks, deadlines, appointments, and meetings. If you are like me, your calendar has several colors to represent different types of appointments or designate different organizations.
We may also need to be reminded we belong to the body of Christ. The good news…Jesus gave us a reminder. Our worship services include the reminder. What is it? Joining around the table to partake of bread and fruit of the vine. We may call it communion, holy communion, the Lord’s table, the Lord’s supper, or the eucharist.
No matter the name, we partake of the bread that reminds us of Jesus’ body. It doesn’t matter if we use wafers, crackers, or an actual loaf of bread. We are reminded both that Jesus sacrificed himself for us and we belong to Him. As Paul tells the church in Corinth, because we partake of the bread, we are one body. Isn’t it wonderful that Jesus gave us a reminder?
I pray we all remember we are part of the body of Christ. I pray we remember His sacrifice for us. I pray each one of us remember we bear a responsibility to share in the work of Christ. Remember you are part of the body of Christ. Be reminded by the bread. Be a functioning member. Work as one body.
1 Corinthians 10:17 Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.